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Bloomingdales Workers Want Commissions On Online Sales

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Bloomingdale's store workers are asking for a new contract, including commissions from online sale.

The 2,000 workers are members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and they have called for a strike May 1 if their demands are not met.

"Currently, workers only earn commission for sales in the store," union spokeswoman Chelsea Connor said.

If salespeople have to handle in-store pickups from online purchases, that cuts into their ability to make new sales on the floor, Connor said. Plus, clerks don't make any money when customers buy products online, even if they assisted them in deciding on a product in the store.

However, it is not clear how Bloomingdale's would be able to track purchases that customers made selection in the stores and later purchased online.

"I am sure the company can work on a tracking system," Connor said. "There's technology for everything."

by RTT Staff Writer

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